What’s new? CPU issues „Spectre“ and „Meltdown“, no more extra charges for cashless paying methods and new DIN RAIL brackets for our BRICK series

With some interesting news we’re starting the year 2018. This article concerns three topics: First of all the CPU issues called “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. Furthermore we will explain why we charge no more extra fees for cashless paying methods, and we will show you the new DIN RAIL clamps for our spo-book BRICK series.

CPU issues “Spectre” and “Meltdown”

With the beginning of 2018 one big problem in the IT field came up: The security holes Spectre and Meltdown, which were found in processors, especially in those by Intel. Skillfully attackers, exploiting these vulnerabilities, are able to extract data that the computer processes in its memory – including passwords. We at spo-comm are dealing with the currently emerging problems and are working on their solutions with our partners.

You will find a news ticker on our website soon, where you can get the most recent information about this topic. This way you will always stay up to date! You can also learn which of our Mini-PCs are affected and how we act against these issues.

No more Surcharging: Extra costs for cashless payment are eliminated

Since January 13th it is prohibited for merchants across the EU to charge any extra fees for cashless paying methods. This so-called “Surcharging” was used when a customer paid by credit card, SEPA direct debit or bank transfer. Although not initially affected by the "Surcharging" prohibition, PayPal also changed its terms and conditions on January 9th which now stipulate that merchants are not authorized to charge extra fees when a customer wants to use the PayPal services as a paying method.

What this means for our customers is, that even though this prohibition was made for the B2C field, as of now you will no longer pay any extra charges if you want to pay via PayPal or credit card in our online shop.

New DIN RAIL clamps for our BRICK series

For our BRICK series are now new clamps for DIN RAILS available. These clamps are screwed onto a fitting VESA mount and enable therefore the installation of the Mini-PC into switch cabinets. The rails can be directly selected while configuring your Mini-PC.

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29 Mar 2018 Array ( [id] => 322 [title] => Update to Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => After the occurrence of Spectre and Meltdown at the beginning of this year it got fairly quiet about these processor security holes. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich published a post regarding the security problems Spectre and Meltdown and explains that Intel is going to continue mitigating their effects and what was already done against those exploits. [description] =>
  1. Intel points out that by now there are Microcode updates for every processor that was released in the past five years.
  2. The close cooperation with providers of antivirus programs to ensure a compatibility was also mentioned.

They announced that the hardware design of their newest processors has been changed to protect them against Spectre Variant 2 and Meltdown. There is still no solution for the Variant 1 of Spectre. According to Intel these improvements create barriers through extra security walls – on one hand between running applications and on the other hand between processors with different access rights.

The first processors that will have this hardware shield – Intel talks about, inter alia, the eighth Core-I generation – will be published in the second half of 2018, said Krzanich. It’s still not sure which processor series is actually meant with this, because the “Ice Lake” processors were initially planned as the ninth generation. Perhaps there will be sort of an “in-between” generation which is called “Whiskey Lake”.

##See our first article about Spectre and Meltdown

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Update to Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown
After the occurrence of Spectre and Meltdown at the beginning of this year it got fairly quiet about these processor security holes. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich published a post regarding the security problems Spectre and Meltdown and explains that Intel is going to continue mitigating their effects and what was already done against those exploits.
13 Mar 2018 Array ( [id] => 318 [title] => NEW: spo-book RUGGED Q170 – Flexibility combined with robustness [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => Our spo-book RUGGED Q170 doesn’t only convince with its sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or its free selectable RAM (up to 32 GB), but also with a feature, that is totally new in the history of spo-comm. Besides the usual application field of the RUGGED series – which is especially the outdoor use – the newcomer also conquers new areas of application. [description] =>

RUGGED Q170 stays outdoor and goes Vehicle Computing

Just like the previous versions in the RUGGED series the spo-book RUGGED Q170 is best equipped for the outdoor field. Without any problems the Mini-PC can handle an extended temperature range from -40° Celsius up to +70° Celsius. With its passive cooling system and the robust metal housing the inner workings are perfectly protected from any environmental influences like dust and humidity. Besides the long known application under harsh conditions the spo-book RUGGED Q170 with its size of 250 x 55 x 150 mm is also made for the use in vehicles - thanks to its wide-range input (9 – 36 Volts), with which the Mini-PC can absorb surges. Furthermore the Industry PC is vibration and shock tested according to the American military standard – just like our MOVE series.

Flexibility due to the modular plug-in system

With the spo-book RUGGED Q170 it is possible to easily extend the amount of the interfaces. Due to the optional LAN module the four LAN ports can be enlarged to eight, which allows even complex network applications.

By using PoE (Power over Ethernet; see also "What is PoE?") there’s also the possibility to supply the four modularly expendable LAN ports with electricity. It is especially beneficial for the surveillance sector because with this feature it is possible to control up to four surveillance cameras – for example in the subway or at an airport – with only one Mini-PC.

Two Display Ports and a VGA connection allow independent image output on up to three monitors. Thanks to its Intel® HD Graphics 530 and the two Display Ports, even an output of 2 x 4K@60Hz is possible. In combination with its robustness the RUGGED Q170 is an interesting solution for the area of (outdoor) digital signage.

For those who don’t want to rely on just one network provider, you can also implement a multi SIM card in the spo-book RUGGED Q170. Thus, a broad network spectrum ensures that the industrial PC is always connected to a network.

##Order a spo-book RUGGED Q170 or request a test sample

##See all of our RUGGED models

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NEW: spo-book RUGGED Q170 – Flexibility combined with robustness
Our spo-book RUGGED Q170 doesn’t only convince with its sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or its free selectable RAM (up to 32 GB), but also with a feature, that is totally new in the history of spo-comm. Besides the usual application field of the RUGGED series – which is especially the outdoor use – the newcomer also conquers new areas of application.
30 Nov 2017 Array ( [id] => 300 [title] => The professional Mini-PC product series from spo-comm – network applications [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => In the past few weeks we have been introducing you our product series in more detail. Both our digital signage players and our Mini-PCs for the fields of industrial control and vehicle computing were introduced. This time we would like to discuss the application of mini computers in the area of networking. Our product range offers the spo-book TECH QUAD and the spo-book NINETEEN Q170. [description] =>

spo-book TECH QUAD

With the small dimensions of just 219 x 40 x 151 millimeters the spo-book TECH QUAD can be placed easily even when there’s not much space. This Mini-PC is passively cooled, its control lamps are on the front and the diverse connectors on the back which makes it perfect to install the PC into server racks. The TECH QUAD is compatible with a lot of operating systems and thereby offers numerous software solutions. An Intel Quad Core processor and up to 8GB RAM let this Mini-PC master very high requirements. The most important feature are the 4 GB network ports with each one Intel controller. Besides that the spo-book TECH QUAD has a bypass-function on two LAN ports which makes it possible to implement fault tolerant filters and loggers.

KeKey data:

  • 4 GB network port
  • Compatible with Windows 7 or 8, Windows Embedded and Linux
  • Size 219 x 40 x 151
  • Bypass-function on two LAN ports

##Explore spo-book NINETEEN Q170

 

spo-book NINETEEN Q170

The name of our spo-book NINETEEN Q170 comes from the possibility to install the PC into 19 inch racks using optional slide rails. The housing of the NINETEEN Q170 with the size 483 x 40 x 390 millimeters provides enough space to put a 16x PCIe expansion card and/ or an optical drive into it. Not just one 2,5” or two 3,5” hard drives, but also up to three SSDs can be installed in the NINETEEN Q170 and offer overall a storage of several terabytes (see also “What is the difference between HDD and SSD?”). Those who value security can also configure the storage media to use RAID (see also “What is RAID?”).

Key data:

  • Installing up to three SSDs with several terabyte storage
  • Optional RAID level for the hard disks
  • Fits into 19 inch racks using slide rails

##Explore spo-book NINETEEN Q170

 

Any questions left? Feel free to contact our team, we will be happy to answer your questions and make the right choice!

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The professional Mini-PC product series from spo-comm – network applications
In the past few weeks we have been introducing you our product series in more detail. Both our digital signage players and our Mini-PCs for the fields of industrial control and vehicle computing were introduced. This time we would like to discuss the application of mini computers in the area of networking. Our product range offers the spo-book TECH QUAD and the spo-book NINETEEN Q170.